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Living History

Find out what living back in the mid 1800's was like.  Come by our Trappers and Traders area and see how the pioneers of the land lived and ate.  See working living quarters of the prarie pioneers.  Take part in blanket trading and shopping with many of the vendors.  You will find everthing from iron works to period clothing available.

Don't look now, but was that President Abraham Lincoln?  Yes it was, and you may very well find him down in our Civil War encampment or moving about the festival from stage to stage with an armed garrison of soldiers.  Kids, don't forget to ask him for his autograph!

Military Encampment
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The Living History camp provides an opportunity for today’s festival-goers to observe, and sometimes participate in, life from another era. Stop by to learn about military drills, uniforms and equipment of the American Civil War from the infantry, the artillery, medical care, and the navy. There are also civilian demonstrations, including the toys and games of the children of the time. The unit historian loves to discuss details about the original 44th Indiana infantry. There are often earlier time periods represented including the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, thus offering the visitor a time-line of American history.

The camp is hosted by the 44th Indiana Civil War Historical Association. Most of the unit portrays the standard western infantry soldier during the Civil War, with specific emphasis placed on the 44th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Their ultimate goal as living historians is to REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH. They do this so that the children of today and future generations will always remember the sacrifice that not only the people of the 1860's made, but also of the sacrifice that we, the American people, are making today for freedom.

If you have ancestors who served in the original 44th Indiana or would like more information, visit their web site at

Trappers N Traders
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Look west past Johnny Appleseed's grave, the main stage, and the apple slices vendor and you'll see a bridge of sorts taking you directly to the pre1840's. You won't find a refrigerator, stove, microwave, computer, or television set. Instead, you'll see life as it was in the mid 1800's. You'll see vendors who sell or trade goods used in the period. You'll see men, women, and children dressed in period clothes, and living in tents doing the things of that time period. You will see us cooking and keeping warm with campfires the children playing games and with toys of that time. We use fire or candles for light at night.

We are re-enactors who portray life in that period. To us, you are flatlanders, not use to our ways of life. 
We welcome your questions about our lifestyle while we are here. The tents we live in are our homes. Much the same as modern day, we may welcome you into our homes to sit a spell and talk with us.


Well, I hope you'll come on down and see me. I'd love to meet you and your family. See you soon!